‘Automation’ has been the most sought after aspiration value for modern industry players to enhance the scalability of operations and rightfully leverage the market demands. Similarly, in the global meat industry, companies are installing trappings of modernity in forms of slaughtering equipment. Equipment deliver automation that eventually reduces labor-intense manual workforce leading towards lesser disbursement and enhanced bottom line of companies. Considering the uptake of meat globally that is evinced by the increasing export year on year, players involved in the trade are implementing automation to leverage proliferating demand for meat. This is a major growth driver for global slaughtering equipment market size. According to the International Trade Center, the global export value of meat and edible meat offal in 2018 was $ 127.7 billion. The growth was a significant 3% during 2017 – 2018, considering the market being global. 

The slaughtering equipment market size was evaluated to be $6.55 billion in 2018.  Evidently growing demand for processed meat along with lenient trade policies, and increasing export of meat year on year are some of the major factors that are expected to drive the demand for slaughtering equipment. Opportunities in the market is forecast to grow at global CAGR of 4.23% during the forecast period of 2019 – 2025. 

Automation Makes Meat Cutting Faster and Safer:

According to the Government Accountability Office, U.S, 151 meat and poultry workers died from injuries sustained at work during 2004 - 2013. It also states that in the entire manufacturing industry, injury rate for meat workers is the highest. Apart from being hazardous to health, employment of manual labor also has adverse economic effects. Hence, the global meat industry is upgrading towards automation in slaughterhouses. 

‘Automation’ is the biggest trend in slaughtering equipment market. Some leading players with substantial slaughtering equipment market share have introduced ‘robotics’ technology for an array of maneuvers such as stunning, cut-up, deboning and skinning, and evisceration. 

For example: 

·         BANNS New Meat Technologies, a veteran in meat industry with 140 years of experience in slaughtering technology has introduced industrial robots. The robotic system utilizes six-axis industrial robots amalgamated with high resolution vision systems, intelligent key evaluation software and specially designed. Robots supported by a PC based system are able to deliver highly accurate, repeatable and extremely hygienic operational results for millions of cycles. Scanning all animals before processing, individual cutting data calculation, hygiene requirements are met through routine program cleaning cycles, and high repeatability and accuracy. 

·         Marel Meat has introduced Marel’s new V-Cut 160 Portion Cutter. With this highly flexible volumetric portion cutter non-frozen boneless meat can be cut into fixed weight portions with uniform shape. The processed poultry and meat market has gained significant pace owing to the disruptive trend of ‘convenient food’. Hence, the demand for highly flexible volumetric portion cutter is high as uniform products with similar portion is ideal for scalable packaging. 

·         Meyn Food Processing Technology B.V has introduced poultry processing equipment that has a speed of speed of 15,000 birds per hour. Consequently, it amplifies the rate of production and make the most of the return on investment for the customer. As data is pivotal for any industry dwelling into automation, the company has also introduced, Meyn Connect 1.1. It enables the existing and scattered data, to be visualized and to be monitored in real time and combined into integrated reports. Condensed dashboards facilitates feedbacks on where to improve efficiency in production or process. 

United States of America exported meat and edible meat offal worth $ 17.2 billion in 2018:

After an acute analysis of the regional slaughtering equipment market share globally, North America is reckoned to be most lucrative market place. Since United States and Canada are leading meat consumers globally, North America has 35% share of global slaughtering equipment market demand in 2018.  According to the World Economic Forum, per capita meat consumption of U.S in 2016 was 97.1 kilograms, highest globally. Canada with 70.0 kilogram per capita consumption held the 8th spot in global ranking. 

Forecast by United States Department of Agriculture:

Beef and Veal - Production is estimated to increase by 2 % in 2019 to 12.4 million tons. Whereas, the U.S being the largest exporter of meat, its exports in beef and veal exports are forecast to witness an upsurge of 3 % evaluated to be 1.5 million tons, that is 12% of the total production. 

Pork - Production is estimated to be 4 % higher in 2019, whereas exports are forecast to escalate by 5 % due to robust global pork demand. Moreover, exports to China that is the leading meat importer have accelerated despite retaliatory tariffs in place. 

Poultry stands out as the fastest growing segment in the United States meat market:

As per the findings by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, poultry meat accounts for about 36 % of global meat production. And, between 1980 – 2013 global poultry meat exports escalated by 11%. Similar are the conditions in North America that makes it a lucrative marketplace for the trade of poultry equipment such as chicken plucker. The United States is the largest poultry meat producer, with 18 % in global output. Similarly, the trend of fast food is also adding impetus to its indigenous meat market, eventually leading towards proliferation of slaughtering equipment market size. A data from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that states that 36% of Americans in 2016 consumed at least one meal a day at a fast-food joint. Even a fraction of that traffic is dependent on meat products, it adds impetus to the slaughtering equipment market. 

According to National Chicken Council, the U.S per capita consumption of poultry witnessed a significant growth from 34.2 pounds in 1960 to 110.0 pounds in 2018. Broilers, chicken and turkey that constitutes the poultry segment too the lead in terms of growth among the total red meat and commercial fish & shell-fish consumption. Also, the U.S meat industry in 2017 processed 9 billion chicken. The humongous market for chicken can be indicated by the fact that the second highest spot which was held by turkey processed only 241.7 million birds. Also, in term of weightage in Canada, commercial chicken and turkey meat equaled to 1.43 billion kilograms. 

Slaughtering Equipment Market Companies:

Some of the key players having substantial global slaughtering equipment market share are Marel hf., BADDER Group, BAYLE SA, Prime Equipment Group, CTB, Inc, Brower Equipment Sales Inc, Jarvis Equipment (P) Ltd. (JEPL)., Industries Riopel Inc, ASENA, and Dhopeshwar Engineering Private Limited. 

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